As the summer inches closer, not only will we be seeing more posters, commercials and trailers for all the huge, blockbuster movies coming out between May and August, we’re going to start seeing a lot of merchandise too. In the last few years, the revelation of the merchandise is often how we get our first, sometimes best, looks at these films. Those in charge of the books, toys and games are a lot less strict with their securities than are movie studios.

For example, we’re barely two weeks into 2011 and it was a toy that revealed our first look at Megatron in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and now the covers to four Green Lantern activity books have provided our best look yet at Kilowog and three alternative views of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in the CGI suit. Check out the images after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Green Lantern

Warner Bros has released the full movie trailer for Martin Campbell‘s big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, and Tim Robbins.

I like how they save the sci-f/DC Comics logo reveal to half way through the trailer, trying to sell audiences on the story of a test pilot. I’m not sure how effective that is however since the second half of the trailer bombards viewers with aliens planets, alien creatures, superhero powers, and a lot of questionable computer generated imagery.

Let’s hope they didn’t skimp on the budget when it comes to the effects. Shooting in New Orleans was definitely a cost cutting measure and it seems like they are very ambitious in what they want to achieve in visual scope. The effects shots look far from finished, which is more than likely since the film isn’t due in theaters until next Summer. I’m definitely not sold on the all-CG suit and the tone seems a bit more comic-laced and geared towards children than I was expecting. The dialogue and deliver seems hokey, cheesy and stilted.

That said, having seen how this all fits in the big picture (having visited the set and viewed much of the concept art) I’m still excited to see more. There is a lot we aren’t being shown here. The fact that this movie was even made and that they were able to stay faithful to the comics is amazing. I hope to see much more from the other alien members of the Green Lantern Corps, the planet Oa, and the gigantic space opera this project promises to be.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer now. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Update: We’ve now got an embed with much better video quality.

Tuesday, Entertainment Tonight is going to world premiere the upcoming Green Lantern trailer that will be attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. In anticipation, they aired a quick preview clip of which shows Hal Jordan materializing into the suit, fighting with a giant fist, facing off with Kilowog, flying to the planet Oa and much more. What are you waiting for? Check it out after the jump. Read More »

In early August 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to visit the set of the big screen adaptation of Green Lantern. We’re not allowed to tell you everything we saw, but I have been given the go ahead to post the set visit preview video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider. You can watch that now embedded after the jump.

Also after the jump you can find two new pieces of concept art from the film which Warner Bros has distributed to the outlets who attended the set visit. Both are views of Oa, the secondary home-world of the Guardians of the Universe. You see, Warner Bros isn’t just making a superhero movie, they are making a big space opera. The scope is huge and very ambitious and I’m excited to see if they can pull it off, and if mainstream America are willing to accept the abundance of hard sci-fi elements. I can tell you, I’m excited.

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I can’t tell if Tales From the Gangster Squad, based on a series of LA Times articles and intended as an ensemble ‘actor’s piece,’ is as much of a priority at Warner Bros. as news would make it seem, or if the film is just an easy headline. The script details an LAPD squad’s efforts to oppose the incursion of organized crime into the city of LA, and is said to be fantastic.

In the last couple weeks, perhaps motivated by the reception for The Town, the film was offered to Ben Affleck, and yesterday word came down that Warner Bros. lobbed it at Darren Aronofsky. But with Affleck passing and Aronofsky looking likely to take Wolverine 2 (what a strange world) WB reportedly has five more names on a list of possible directors. Read More »

‘Green Lantern’ Website is Now Live


Briefly: It’s not much, and this is basically just us helping out the publicity department at Warner Bros., but the website for Green Lantern is now live. All you’ll find at the moment is a swirling ball of green light that resolves into the film’s lantern logo. There’s not even much in the source code for the site — nothing like the ASCII image of Jeff Bridges found in the Tron Legacy soundtrack site, for example. Just buried metatags proclaiming the film’s synopsis and cast, all of which you can read (again) below. Read More »

Green Lantern Production Wrapped

Production has wrapped on Martin Campbell‘s big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern. Comic book writer/DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns revealed the news this past Friday night on Twitter. Johns tweeted the following:

“GREEN LANTERN IS WRAPPED!!!! Finished the last shot today!!! Celebrating in New Orleans. :) As co-producer of the film, I am very, very proud of what we’ve got in store. Much more to come. Martin Campbell FTW.”

Production began on February 26th 2010, and lasted over 100 days. If you’re not following Geoff Johns on Twitter, you probably should be doing so at @GeoffJohns0.

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In what was certainly not intended to be the first widespread glimpse behind the scenes of Green Lantern, an ABC affiliate in Louisiana took cameras to the set of the film and managed to capture…well, not a whole lot.

Thrill to a searing discussion of Louisiana tax incentives! Gasp at a small crowd of cheering extras! Cower before the realization that the production needed to find an airport in which to shoot…and then did! It’s all after the break. Read More »

Green Lantern Plot Synopsis Revealed

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CBM got their hands on the official plot synopsis of the Martin Campbell-directed big screen adaptation of Green Lantern. Not that there are any surprises, you can read the whole plot synopsis and cast/crew details, after the jump.
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